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S3 Project Based Learning – Legacies of Slavery

S3 Project Based Learning – Legacies of Slavery

S3 pupils visited the Legacies of Slavery exhibition at Aberdeen University library, as part of their ongoing PBL (Project Based Learning) on the theme of racism. The exhibition provided an interesting insight into the local connections Aberdeen has with slavery, allowing students to make real-world connections between their learning and their local area. 


Pupils took part in a workshop, exploring the importance of a name and the impact on personal identity- something that was removed for slaves. They also looked into some of the names of streets and places in the local area with links to the slave trade (Jamaica Street, Sugarhouse Lane, Imperial Place). Also discussed was the fact that slave names have been erased from history, all record of their original identity has been lost/removed. However, the names of the slave traders remain famous. 


The exhibition contained a variety of interesting materials including the stories of the slaves who lived and worked here. The economic impact of slavery was also explained- some famous Aberdeen landmarks were built with proceeds of the slave trade.  Shockingly, the compensation paid to slave owners was such a large amount that the debt was only paid off in full in 2015- the abolition of slavery occurred in 1833. 


Many thanks to all involved at the University of Aberdeen for the production of such an interesting and important exhibition- our visit was an eye-opening one and provided our learners with an invaluable learning experience.

S5/6 Work Experience in Technology

S5/6 Work Experience in Technology

An opportunity has arisen for S5 and S6 pupils interested in a career in Technology to attend work experience. The events are in Glasgow but may be of interest to some S5/6 pupils.

Please use the links to learn more about the J.P. Morgan Work Experience Day and Application Masterclass events.


Eligibility criteria:

  • JPM Work Experience – S5 and S6 students (no students over 18)
  • JPM Application Masterclass – S5 (no students over 18)



Head Start Young Drivers Event

Head Start Young Drivers Event

Head Start Young Drivers.

There is a fantastic opportunity for young people aged 14-17 to get their first taste of driving in a professional and safe environment with our experienced instructors.

The first session will run at Grampian Transport Museum, Alford (on the outdoor track) still to be confirmed but provisionally Sunday 27 August.

Prices are still to be confirmed but they will include the session and admission to the museum to make it a really fun day out for the whole family.

If any students would be interested in participating, they (or their parents/guardians) can contact us in the first instance at:

Alford Golf Club

Alford Golf Club

Alford Golf Club are valued partners of Alford Academy and our pupils are increasingly working with the club throughout our curriculum.

Our S3 Business pupils are bringing learning outcomes to life with students working on the clubs advertising and marketing to improve their social media presence and office handling.

Our Hospitality Foundation Apprenticeship students have been working in the kitchen and front of house to develop their hospitality/teamwork and communication skills which has been very successful.



The Golf Club would like to invite all non golfing members to an introduction to golf taster session on Saturday 13th May.
Come along to this free event to learn the basics of golf with our coaches. Then into the clubhouse for a refreshment afterwards.

Young junior (12 and under) 11.00 – 12.00
Adults 13.00 – 14.30

For more details or to reserve a place, please contact the club on 019755 62178 or email

RGU Virtual Parents Information Evening

RGU Virtual Parents Information Evening

Virtual Parents Night

RGU are offering an opportunity for prospective students to engage with the University, in the format of a ‘Virtual Parents Evening’. This will take place on the 17th of May 2023, where late applicants and offer holders can join a ‘Zoom’ event with their parent or guardian to hear about all things RGU. There will be scheduled presentations throughout the session on Student Life, Accommodation, Study Skills, Student Finance, Support and Wellbeing, Placements and a chance to hear direct from RGU students themselves on their experience of University.


Date: 17th of May 2023

Time: 1800 – 1930

Platform: Zoom (online)


Register HERE

Students applying to study at RGU.

Students applying to study at RGU.

On Wednesday 22nd March Kirsty Mackay, our RGU Hub officer will be in Alford Academy.

All pupils who have applied to RGU will have received an email with a QR code to scan and book an appointment with Kirsty to discuss their application and any queries they have regarding Uni – funding, accommodation etc.

You can simply book an appointment at a time that suits best during the hub day.  The appointments are not mandatory and are available to students if they wish to attend. It is a casual chat but will hopefully answer any queries they do have.

Please check your emails if you have applied to RGU and would welcome this input and help.

How to apply for a Scottish Apprenticeship – Thursday 9th March

How to apply for a Scottish Apprenticeship – Thursday 9th March

Skills Development Scotland (SDS) is delivering a national webinar for senior phase pupils, parents and carers on How to apply for a Scottish Apprenticeship on the 9th of March.


The session will include a panel discussion with SDS Careers adviser, Apprentice employer and an Apprenticeship offering their experiences and advice.

Join Skills Development Scotland in our webinar for senior pupils, parents and careers on ‘How to apply for a Scottish Apprenticeships’ as part of #ScotAppWeek23.

Find out about apprenticeships and get tips on the application process.

Sign up

How to have meaningful career conversations – Webinar Thursday 23rd March

How to have meaningful career conversations – Webinar Thursday 23rd March

Skills Development Scotland (SDS) is delivering a national webinar ‘How to have meaningful career conversations’  on Thursday 23 March at 6.30pm.

Parents and carers can join this webinar to hear about the value and benefits of having career conversations and get some practical hints and tips on how to approach these. There will also be the opportunity to ask questions.

Parents and carers can register for our session here:

DYW Live Apprentice Showcase

DYW Live Apprentice Showcase

As part of the Scottish Apprenticeship Week (6 to 10 March), e-sgoil DYW Live in partnership with SDS are offering  DYW Live Apprentice Showcase webinars to help promote apprenticeships as a post school pathway. There are up to four 30min online sessions each day of Scottish Apprenticeship Week.


During these webinars, pupils can hear from a range of apprentices and their employers about what it’s like to undertake an apprenticeship and employers from a range of sectors will feature with some sessions discussing current and future apprenticeship vacancies. Our current FAs have expressed strong interest in Modern Apprenticeships and Graduate Apprenticeships as possible pathways into the world of work and we will share directly with the current FAs. However, it is likely that there will be interest in this from non FA pupils.


Registration is free and to attend any session through the DYW Live website


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